Homework Help

What is some symbolism that is used throughout "Winter Dreams"?

user profile pic

costromecki | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 24, 2008 at 5:40 AM via web

dislike 2 like

What is some symbolism that is used throughout "Winter Dreams"?

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 26, 2008 at 4:13 AM (Answer #1)

dislike 0 like

Several symbols recur throughout Fitzgerald's fine story. The overwhelming symbol that runs throughout the story (beginning with the title) is that of seasons. Winter isn't just a time of literal physical cold; it is a time when Dexter feels "a feeling of profound melancholy." When the story ends, it is essentially winter forever, with the summertime dreams of love gone.


The land is another recurring symbol. Notice how Dexter moves freely across the land early in the story, but realizes at the story's end " The gates were closed." Freedom and access matter deeply to him, and they represent social and emotional realms.


Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes